Legends
Adult Novel

Darth Bane: Path of Destruction

By
Drew Karpyshyn
Released
Sep 26, 2006
Artwork by
Narrated by
Jonathan Davis
Takes place in
1003 BBY - 1000 BBY
In the
Old Republic
era
Collects
Incredible
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9.3
9.3
A powerfully wicked kickoff to a much-loved Legends trilogy.
Community Rating

Every great story has a great villain; or, in the case of Star Wars, a great band of villains. Darth Bane: Path of Destruction focuses on one of the most indispensable Sith Lords in history and chronicles his rise to power as well as its reverberating effects on the future of the galaxy that culminate in the Emperor and Darth Vader.

Karpyshyn manages to flesh out a story that fans didn’t know they needed. It provides a better understanding of what it truly means to be a Sith. Even the most fervent fans of the Light Side will find themselves cheering for one of the most power-hungry villains in all of Star Wars as he claws his way from humble beginnings into a position of ultimate power. By the end of the first book, you’ll be scrambling to pick up the sequel.

Publisher's Summary

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel, a cortosis miner, vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel's brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, a far greater destiny awaits him.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side, Dessel embraces his new identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, he must defy the most sacred traditions and reject all he has been taught. It is a trial by fire in which he must surrender fully to the dark side — and forge from the ashes a new era of absolute power.

Other Books in this Series

Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
Darth Bane: Rule of Two
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

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Charles Hanckel - Darth Bane: Path of Destruction - Adult Novel
Charles Hanckel
Vice President, Podcast Department Coordinator, Podcast Host
Path of Destruction is a fantastic introduction into the Old Republic era. It offers all of the delightfully evil machinations fans have come to expect from Palpatine, but channels them through a Sith who was previously only known by name. It's an absolute page turner. Anyone who enjoys the Dark Side should have this at or near the top of their list!
Andrew Bell - Darth Bane: Path of Destruction - Adult Novel
Andrew Bell
Video Department Coordinator
Whenever someone asks me for a Star Wars book recommendation and they tell me they're interested in the Dark Side, this book is my first choice. When reading it for the first time, I felt some of the same things I felt when reading classic fantasy novels. The stakes are high, yet not imposing. The classic tropes of "Good vs Evil" are reexamined. And from an in-universe standpoint, this trilogy is an important bridge from the Old Republic into the more modern era of storytelling.
Heather Goldman - Darth Bane: Path of Destruction - Adult Novel
Heather Goldman
Community Department Manager
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction was my first EU novel and I'm glad I started here. I'm a big fan of the Sith, and this book is basically about the origins of their kind and of the "Rule of Two" that we see being honored in the films. It was fun to learn more about the dark side users while meeting a new one in the process, and my eyes were finally open to the possibilities within the Expanded Universe.

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